NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer races toward the win in the Eldora Speedway "Prelude to the
Bowyer Wins Seventh annual "Prelude
to the Dream" at Eldora
ROSSBURG, Ohio – June 8. The box score says that Clint Bowyer led all 30 laps in
Wednesday’s "Prelude to the Dream" all-star dirt Late Model race at Eldora Speedway, but the native of Emporia,
Kan., had to fend off strong charges from J.J. Yeley and Aric Almirola to finally capture a victory in the
prestigious race that’s a who’s who of racing’s elite.
After finishing second in the past two Prelude to the Dream events, Bowyer sealed his first
Prelude triumph by .531 of a second over Yeley, a former USAC champion who has logged numerous laps at
Clint Bowyer with a troop of trophy presenters at Eldora
Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)
“It’s just so much fun to be able to come here and compete,” said Bowyer, whose victory was
presented live to the entire nation on HBO Pay-Per-View®, with the net proceeds from the telecast supporting
four of the nation’s top children’s hospitals. “What an awesome racetrack. I’ve always loved this place and I’m
very proud of Tony Stewart and everybody behind him that makes this event awesome. There’s a lot of hard work to
put on something like this, and we are very lucky to have him put forth the effort.”
Stewart, owner of Eldora Speedway and a three-time Prelude victor, finished
20th in the race he created in 2005.
“We had another first-time winner tonight. That’s what the fun part is,”
said Stewart, a two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. “Watching Marcos Ambrose win his heat race and Jason
Leffler win his heat race in their first time being here – that’s the stuff that makes you smile, and it’s fun to
watch all these guys have a good time.”
The race was a team event. There was still an individual race winner in Bowyer, but there
was also a race within the race, with the field broken up into four teams, each representing a children’s
Levine: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Bill Elliott, David Reutimann, Austin Dillon, Ray Evernham and
Atlanta: Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Bowyer, Ken Schrader, David Gilliland, Leffler and Ron
· Team St.
Louis: Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Justin Allgaier, Kenny Wallace, Ron Hornaday and Ricky
Dallas: Tony Stewart, Tony Kanaan, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, Ambrose, Almirola and Yeley.
Each hospital received a donation, with the payout breakdown as follows:
· Winning team received 30
percent of net proceeds raised from the pay-per-view telecast.
· Second-place team
received 25 percent of net proceeds raised from the pay-per-view telecast.
· Third- and fourth-place
teams each received 20 percent of net proceeds raised from the pay-per-view telecast.
The finishing positions
of the top-five drivers from each team were added together, with the lowest team score winning 30 percent of the
net money raised. The cumulative efforts of Busch (fourth), Allgaier (fifth), Carmichael (sixth) and Kahne
(10th) put Team St. Louis on top. Team Atlanta finished second, while Team Dallas and Team Levine
finished third and fourth, respectively. As a result, Team Atlanta will receive 25 percent of the net money
raised, and Team Dallas and Team Levine will each receive 20 percent of the net money raised.
2011 Prelude to the Dream
Finish - Starting pos. - name - laps comp.
1. (1) Clint Bowyer, 30
2. (4) J.J. Yeley, 30
3. (2) Aric Almirola, 30
4. (10) Kyle Busch, 30
5. (5) Justin Allgaier, 30
6. (6) Ricky Carmichael, 30
7. (8) Ken Schrader, 30
8. (13) Austin Dillon, 30
9. (12) Ryan Newman, 30
10. (11) Kasey Kahne, 30
11. (21) Denny Hamlin, 30
12. (17) David Reutimann, 30
13. (14) Matt Kenseth, 30
14. (18) Brian Vickers, 30
15. (9) Carl Edwards, 30
16. (27) Kenny Wallace, 30
17. (20) Ron Capps, 30
18. (28) Jimmie Johnson, 30
19. (16) Cruz Pedregon, 30
20. (26) Tony Stewart, 30
21. (19) David Gilliland, 30
22. (22) Bill Elliott, 30
23. (24) Bobby Labonte, 30
24. (3) Marcos Ambrose, 30
25. (25) Ray Evernham, 21, Mechanical
26. (23) Ron Hornaday, 20, Mechanical
27. (15) Tony Kanaan, 18, Lost Wheel
28. (7) Jason Leffler, 16, Accident
Complete event information can be found in the Prelude to the Dream online
media kit at www.TrueSpeedMedia.com.